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Maryland offers first-of-its-kind master's in medical cannabis

November 13, 2019


University of Maryland now offers a Master's of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, the first graduate program of its kind in the nation.

US disparities in preventable causes of deaths, charted

November 12, 2019


U.S. residents living in rural areas of the country were more likely to die from preventable causes than those living in urban areas from 2010 to 2017, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

The state of US health, in 7 charts

November 8, 2019


The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

Rep. Greg Walden is retiring. Here's what he's done on health care.

October 30, 2019


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who since 2017 has served as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on Monday announced that he will retire at the end of the current Congress and will not seek re-election.

See the top 10 drugs involved in overdose deaths, charted

October 29, 2019


Methamphetamine caused more fatal drug overdoses in the western United States than the synthetic opioid fentanyl in 2017, according to a report released Friday by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics—though fentanyl was tied to the most drug-related overdose deaths nationwide.

Kombucha, CBD oil, and more: Do these 5 popular wellness products actually work?

October 21, 2019


Wellness products such as kombucha, CBD oil, and even "activated charcoal," have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their purported health benefits, but do these products actually do what they claim to do? The New York Times investigated five popular wellness products to find out.

Half of US residents have been impacted by substance misuse, survey shows

October 16, 2019


Almost half of adults in the United States say substance misuse has impacted their families, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Buttigieg released his plan to lower Rx drug prices. Here's what's inside.

October 8, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday released a plan intended to lower U.S. prescription drug costs that calls for allowing federal officials to negotiate the prices of drugs covered by some public health plans, capping some U.S. residents' out-of-pocket costs for drugs, and more.

As vaping illness cases top 1,000, researchers say damage resembles chemical burns

October 4, 2019


In a letter to the editor published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic physicians wrote some patients sickened with a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping have shown airway and lung damage resembling a chemical burn.

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